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Easy Money (1936)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 14 June 1936 (USA)
Dan Adams resigns his position as prosecutor on the district attorney's staff and sets out to clean up a gang of fake-accident racketeers. He gets a job with an insurance company, and ... See full summary »

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Carol Carter
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'Duke' Trotti
Allen Vincent ...
Eddie Adams
Barbara Barondess ...
Tonia
Wallis Clark ...
Mr. Curtis
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Mr. Harrison
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Sam Belden
Robert Graves ...
Sillsby
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Lab Man
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Judge
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Mrs. Turner
Dickie Walters ...
Little Johnny
Betty Mack ...
Telephone Operator
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Elmer Johnson
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Dan Adams resigns his position as prosecutor on the district attorney's staff and sets out to clean up a gang of fake-accident racketeers. He gets a job with an insurance company, and assures the company president he will get the goods on the gang or die in the attempt. At the company offices, he meets Carol Carter and she, believing he is a shyster (possibly redundant) lawyer in the employ of the racketeers gives him as little help as possible. Dan visits his brother Eddie, who is mixed up with the gang and tries to make him break away. Eddie is belligerent but finally, because of the pressure brought by Dan and his wife Tonia, agrees to go straight. The gang, led by "Duke" Trotti, fears he will squeal and they kill him, plus they make his death look like an accident and plan to collect on it. Dan is closing in on the gang when Carol, who is now his assistant, comes up with some conclusive evidence, but "Duke" has plans to get rid of her before she can give the information to Dan. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Final Payment  »

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This film was first telecast Thursday 10 July 1941 on New York City's newly launched first full time television station WNBT (Channel 1) which had been previously been identified as W2XBS, during its preceding experimental years. Post-WWII television viewers got their first look at it in New York City Sunday 8 June 1947 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Cincinnati Sunday 7 March 1948 on WLWT (Channel 4), and in Los Angeles Sunday 1 May 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5). See more »

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Onslow Stevens would have been disbarred
25 September 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

A truly terrible premise keeps this film from really a top notch noir crime drama. Otherwise considering that Easy Money comes out of a poverty row studio this could have been a minor classic.

Easy Money is about an organized gang who make a good living at staging accidents and collecting from lawsuits engendered therein. Debonair and swarthy antique dealer Noel Madison who populated dozens of crime dramas in the 30s heads the racket in this city. One of the people involved is the brother of Assistant District Attorney Onslow Stevens, Allen Vincent.

Stevens gets the case to prosecute and he throws it and doesn't bother to tell his boss until after the trial that Vincent using an alias is his brother. Sorry folks, then as now a resignation would not have sufficed. The Bar Association would have weighed and in all likelihood Onslow Stevens would have been disbarred. Certainly Stevens would not have been hired by an insurance company because he came up with a scheme to nail the organized gang of crooks perpetrating these phony accidents.

Easy Money is cheap, still it's decently acted and directed. But how could the creators at Invincible Pictures have made such a catastrophic plot premise blunder?


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